Can We Focus on What Works?

by John Kamensky Senior Fellow, IBM Center for the Business of Government

Can we shift the conversation in Washington from “waste, fraud, and abuse” to “what works and let’s fund it” instead? I attended a recent Senate hearing on wasteful spending in the federal government, and some of the witnesses pointed to examples such as the legislative requirement that the Defense ... Read & React

Six Lessons to Help Grow Your Power at Work

Ask and answer a simple question: “How did the three most powerful people in your firm (without a “C” in their titles) arrive at their current positions?” In most cases, the answer is the same: They “got stuff done” and they did it by drawing upon the skills and energy of others. That’s it. No ... Read & React

What’s in a Name? Everything That’s Wrong With Job Classification

by Howard Risher Workforce Management Consultant

The Merit Systems Protection Board’s latest newsletter highlights a costly government problem that has been ignored for years. It’s the reality of position classification, the decision process for assigning jobs to salary grades. MSPB did not directly argue that the process is broken, but that’s ... Read & React

How You Show Up This Week Has a Huge Ripple Effect

by Scott Eblin Executive Coach

As I wrote here earlier this year, a word that’s working for me this year is the Sanskrit word sankalpa. As explained to me by one of my teachers, Sara Ivanhoe, sankalpa encourages us to focus less on what we’re going to do and more on how we’re going to be. Of course, those two ideas are not ... Read & React

How Can the Next President Build a Strong Political and Career Leadership Team?

The success of a presidential administration rests in the hands of leadership—political appointees and career executives who are responsible for implementing policy, achieving mission outcomes and running government operations. By focusing on leadership talent as a key priority, the next president ... Read & React

Poll: Millennials Are in Search of a Different Kind of Career

by Gillian B. White

There have been many labels thrust upon the Millennial generation, especially when it comes to their work ethic. The group has been called lazy, entitled, and spoiled—but at the same time the generation has also been heralded for its collective innovation and desire to work for something other than ... Read & React

The Key Factor Almost Every Hiring Manager Overlooks

Maybe you're looking for the right qualifications. Or the right experience. Or the perfect hard skills. Or great soft skills.  Or an outstanding work ethic, or proven leadership ability, or seamless cultural fit. Or, most likely, you're looking for a blend of skills and attributes. But here's ... Read & React

The Enduring Sexism in Science

A female CDC scientist works with a bird flu sample in 2013.
by Julie Beck

“Let me tell you about my trouble with girls,” the Nobel Laureate Tim Hunt reportedly said on Monday at the World Conference of Science Journalists in South Korea. “Three things happen when they are in the lab: You fall in love with them, they fall in love with you, and when you criticize them they ... Read & React

Rule #1: Policy Design Starts With Operational Capacity

Sir Jonathan Ive, the head of design for Apple, obviously thinks seriously and analytically about design. In February, in a long profile of Ive in The New Yorker, Ian Parker observed that Ive thought “bad industrial design often starts in ignorance of what a material can and cannot do.” Clearly ... Read & React

Our Sleeping Habits Are Filling Our Brains With Neurotoxins

We’ve known for some time that sleep is important for the restoration and strengthening specific functions in the brain linked to memory, regulating emotions, decision-making, and even creativity. But scientists are now discovering the processes through which sleep also cleans the brain like a ... Read & React